Mazes, Shows & Scare Zones, Scary Themes
It’s a scary thought, but Halloween is approaching on the calendar and with it the frightening thought that summer is getting smaller and smaller in the rear-view mirror.
But one thing you don’t have to be scared about is getting tickets to “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood because they are now on sale.
This annual event, which opens on Friday, Sept. 18, features new mazes, a hip-hop dance show, a cutthroat “Terror Tram experience” and the so-called Scare Zones.
Ticket prices vary by date, and range from $59-85; more for a day/night combo and front-of-line tickets. You can save considerably – $25 or more – by purchasing on line at www.halloweenhorrornights.com.
On-line purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out in advance.
The 2015 “Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: Sepat. 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, Oct. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, and Nov. 1.
Universal calls it a “three-dimensional world of terror, inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.”
Heres’ what you’ll find this year:
Halloween Horror Nights Mazes and Show
• “Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness” is inspired by the visionary filmmaker who directed, co-wrote and produced the upcoming October 16 Legendary and Universal Pictures feature film.
The three-dimensional living replica of the film is designed to send guests spiraling through the chilling world and into the footsteps of Crimson Peak’s lead character, Edith Cushing, first as they venture from her home in America, then to the decaying and haunted Allerdale Hall mansion in a remote English countryside.
With a foreboding “Beware of Crimson Peak” message that echos from Edith’s past, guests will navigate a labyrinth of paranormal tortured souls who have born witness to the estate’s dark history of unspeakable acts – and who continue to reside in vengeful, ghostly forms.
• Bringing together the most sinister of scenes from all three films, “Insidious: Return to the Further,” investigates unexplained phenomena in the Lambert family’s eerie Victorian home as people find themselves at a séance that unleashes chaos and horror.
You journey into “The Further” – a supernatural realm that houses tormented spirits – and face deadly ghosts and demons like the Woman in Black and Oxygen Mask Demon, that will stop at nothing to infiltrate the world of the living.
• “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” inspired by season 5 of AMC’s TV series, this all-new maze has twice as many walkers in the longest and most gruesome maze ever built at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Following in the footsteps of “The Walking Dead” cast, you begin your journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within it. As the chaos ensues, you’ll encounger even greater atrocities as you stumble upon dismembered “W” walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of “W” walkers.
• The hilarity of this genre-defying blockbuster movie, This is the End, will take a dark turn in this all-new maze experience, “This is the End 3D,” that will come to life in hypnotic 3D.
The end of the world begins as you head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home before the Apocalypse strikes, and they find yourself trapped in a life-or-death struggle against the demons of the underworld.
With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, “This is the End 3D” offers defining moments for those brave enough to tempt the devil as your destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.
• Halloween, hailed as one of the greatest horror films of all time and starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her acting debut, will come to life in the demented new experience, “Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home.”
The haunted maze will takes people through the tormented town of Haddonfield, where on one fateful Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old child by the name of Michael Myers inexplicably and brutally stabbed his sister to death with a kitchen knife. Relive the terror that a maniacal Myers inflicted upon the once-quiet town after his escape from a psychiatric hospital to take bloody revenge on new and unsuspecting victims.
• The visually stunning, yet terrifying “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” maze is back by popular demand to entangle people in the middle of an epic and primal war between the universe’s most deadly species in a horrifying haunted attraction inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox cult sci-fi franchise.
This menacing maze brings to life the violent creatures cohabitating our world as it pits two rival alien species in a fight to the death with Earth as their battleground. “AVP: Alien vs Predator” uncovers a dangerous alien spaceship carrying a race of hunter aliens known as Predators and a threatening new alien life form that uses human hosts to propagate its species.
After crash landing in a remote section of America and escaping to the countryside, the Alien and Predator become hunter and prey with visitors caught in the crossfire.
• The all-new “Terror Tram: Survive the Purge” experience, inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film series, invites visitors to a disturbing “Purge Party.”
With exclusive access to the world-famous backlot, you’re thrust into the film’s depraved world in which all crime is declared legal as part of the government’s annually sanctioned 12-hour Purge, and where citizens take to the streets to dispose of the country’s less desirable humans without fear of retribution.
If you choose not to “hunt,” you can watch everything unfold on large video screens set up around the famed Universal backlot.
• Jabbawockeez, the highly-accomplished, award-winning hip hop dance group and universally recognized as America’s best dance crew, brings their innovative choreography, intricate synchronized style and signature white masks to Universal Studios Hollywood in an electrifying new show created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights.”
Currently starring in the acclaimed “PRiSM” show at the Luxor in Las Vegas, and following up with a newly reimagined performance at MGM Grand Las Vegas this fall, the Jabbawockeez are considered dance movement pioneers, having shattered the glass ceiling for dance groups worldwide as the first dance crew to ever headline their own show in Las Vegas.
Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones
“The Purge: Urban Nightmare,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ disturbing blockbuster films, brings to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims during the government’s annually sanctioned killing spree.
“Exterminatorz” introduces hideous hybrid creatures – part pests, part human – spawned from years of dangerous chemicals recklessly dumped down the drains by irresponsible humans. These now persecuted pests arise from the cesspools to turn the tables and retaliate on their human oppressors.
“Corpz” features an army of decaying World War I soldiers known as “The Lost Generation,” who have risen from their dank, muddy graves to haunt the streets of old Paris.
Krampus, the demonic Christmas Devil, returns in “Dark Christmas,” a Pagan-themed scare zone where demonic creatures hunt disobedient children and drag them to hell.
As a complement to the nighttime event, Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to visitors.
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